On 05/03/2013 08:23 PM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
> On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM, Thomas Rast <tr...@inf.ethz.ch> wrote:
>> Felipe Contreras <felipe.contre...@gmail.com> writes:
>> How do we know that this doesn't break any users of fast-import?  Your
>> comment isn't very reassuring:
>>> the vast majority of them will never be used again
>> So what's with the minority?
> Actually I don't think there's any minority. If the client program
> doesn't store blobs, the blob marks are not used anyway. So there's no
> change.

I haven't been following this conversation in detail, but your proposed
change sounds like something that would break cvs2git [1].  Let me
explain what cvs2git does and why:

CVS stores all of the revisions of a single file in a single filename,v
file in rcsfile(5) format.  The revisions are stored as deltas ordered
so that a single revision can be reconstructed from a single serial read
of the file.

cvs2git reads each of these files once, reconstructing *all* of the
revisions for a file in a single go.  It then pours them into a
git-fast-import stream as blobs and sets a mark on each blob.

Only much later in the conversion does it have enough information to
reconstruct tree-wide commits.  At that time it outputs git-fast-import
data (to a second file) defining the git commits and their ancestry.
The contents are defined by referring to the marks of blobs from the
first git-fast-import stream file.

This strategy speeds up the conversion *enormously*.

So if I understand correctly that you are proposing to stop allowing
marks on blob objects to be set and/or referred to later, then I object

If I've misunderstood then I'll go back into my hole :-)


[1] http://cvs2svn.tigris.org/cvs2git.html

Michael Haggerty
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